Jury makes a short-list for the first “Rainbow” Award

Belgrade, 15.05.2013.

The jury for 2012/13 “Rainbow” Award chose 5 nominees at their meeting yesterday, one of whom will receive the award which is being awarded for the first time this year.

DUGA-nagrada-logo-1From a lot of great nominations that have come in through organizations, institutions, and individuals, it has not been easy for the jury to make a short-list for the Rainbow Award, but after a deliberate analysis of the explanations for the nominations and the contributions that the nominees have made with their activities, the jury has chosen the following candidates:

  • Andrej Nosov, director, who has directed the play “Bent”, a drama about gay men, a show which greatly contributed to better understanding the position of LGBT population and reducing homophobia in society;
  • Office for Human and Minority Rights of the Government of Republic of Serbia, for clear and public support of the LGBT population and a systemic approach to improving the position of LGBT people in Serbia, shown through various activities, such as: drafting the Strategy for Combatting Discrimination, organizing and participating in conferences and seminars which dealt with LGBT rights, supporting LGBT organizations and continuously cooperating with them;
  • Department for Organization, Prevention and Community Policing of the Police Directorate of the Ministry of Interior, for improving the overall work with the LGBT community, active communication and cooperation with LGBT organizations on the cases of violence and discrimination, and a great interest in improving LGBT rights and improving their own work which was, among other things, evident in participation at numerous conferences and seminars on these topics;
  • Gordana Mitrović, for her courage to be the first transgender person in many years to publicly speak about the trans issue. Her life story was the basis for the film “When I was a little boy, I was a little girl” which was shown at the Berlin Festival and which won an award for the best national documentary at the Short Meter Festival;
  • Ministry of Justice and Public Administration, for active participation in writing the Law on Amendments and Addendums of the Criminal Code, which in Article 54a introduces hate crimes, a significant step that shows understanding for a lot of minority groups, including the LGBT population, as well as decisiveness in the fight against violence and discrimination.

“Rainbow Award” is an award for contributions to the fight against homophobia and transphobia and to protection and improvement of human rights of LGBT people in Serbia, established by Gay Straight Alliance this year, when, for the first time, it will be awarded on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, on Friday, 17 May 2013. In the future, the award will continue to be presented every May 17th, by an independent jury chosen every year from the ranks of eminent individuals in various areas, from media, academia, to national and international organizations, etc. Besides GSA activists, the jury also includes activists from other LGBT rights organizations.

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